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Beer Me: Great American Beer Fest

Beer and skiing is a beautiful combination so we took full advantage.

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So many beers. This weekend's 2011 Great American Beer Festival marked the 30th anniversary of the Denver, Colorado, gathering of booze. With 466…

So many beers. This weekend’s 2011 Great American Beer Festival marked the 30th anniversary of the Denver, Colorado, gathering of booze. With 466 breweries on hand serving nearly 2,400 beers, the GABF didn’t disappoint.

The three-day event sold 49,000 tickets, which makes it the largest beer festival on the continent. A plethora of hip Waldos stopped by. Did you?

The three-day event sold 49,000 tickets, which makes it the largest beer festival on the continent. A plethora of hip Waldos stopped by. Did you?

Behind the scenes, refrigerated trucks kept each beer chilled to perfection. We tried to steal one but failed miserably.

Behind the scenes, refrigerated trucks kept each beer chilled to perfection. We tried to steal one but failed miserably.

Preparedness was paramount. Pretzels were a critical tool for soaking up the booze.

Preparedness was paramount. Pretzels were a critical tool for soaking up the booze.

Despite our best efforts we probably only drank 40 of the 2,400 beers. We'll get them next year.

Despite our best efforts we probably only drank 40 of the 2,400 beers. We’ll get them next year.

Later in the night, Oskar Blues Brewing Company of Lyons, Colorado, threw a silent disco. It was a hell of a party and the quietest party we've ever…

Later in the night, Oskar Blues Brewing Company of Lyons, Colorado, threw a silent disco. It was a hell of a party and the quietest party we’ve ever attended. It was so crazy, we thought the cops would break it up, but oddly, they didn’t.

Great American Beer Fest patrons did some work Friday night. Luckily a crack team of recyclers disposed of the evidence in the most environmentally…

Great American Beer Fest patrons did some work Friday night. Luckily a crack team of recyclers disposed of the evidence in the most environmentally conscious way possible.

Overall, we discovered that American craft brewers are making some tasty suds these days. Some of our favorites came from mountain breweries. This season, upgrade your après and drink local beer.

Visit Craftbeer.com for more info on tasty beverages.